Sunday, May 27, 2007

Clearing an Obstacle...

Well, along with my passion for knitting, is my passion for horses. We own horses, my daughter who is 9, is a phenomenal rider and last year placed 4th in the Nation at the Appaloosa Youth World Show in Oklahoma City!

Right before the show last year (June 9th to be exact), I came off my horse and got banged up to the tune of a busted collar bone, messed up shoulder, bruised ribs and sternum. Well, after getting bad "medical" advice (too bad I didn't know DK at the time) I finally had to have surgery in November to have a plate and screws put into the collar bone (it never healed) and my shoulder cleaned out and I've been in PT ever since (still am matter as fact). This is one of the reasons I took up knitting as I was pretty laid up for a pretty long time.

I just got "cleared" by my Surgeon to start riding again in April of this year (yes, 10 full months later) and just this weekend (11-1/2 months later), I finally rode in the "same" cow event that I got hurt in last year. This was a HUGE feat for me. You know, the proverbial "get back up on the horse" - well, I haven't been able to do that in nearly a year, and have had ALL that time to think about it. And as my friends, Paige, DK and Sarah can attest, I'm "overly" analytical and such.. right brained for sure!

It was LIBERATING in an odd kind of way. Felt good, scary, exciting all at once and has renewed my love for riding and chasing cows. Kind of the way I felt when I accomplished my first pair of socks - well, maybe, just kind of....
Speaking of socks.. Here's a picture of my very first attempt - I have labeled them "Agony of DeFEET", the pattern on the inside of the Colinette Jitterbug label was NOT written for a beginner, quite confusing, abbreviated and I nearly threw them in a drawer with hope of forgetting about them. BUT, and it's a big BUT, because I don't have UFO's (remember the right brain), I asked Sarah to coach me through them and she did fantastic. So, here they are!

They are made from Colinette Jitterbug, one skein, approx $20 in yarn and probably 20 hours - LOL! They feel so comfy!


DK said...

I've been thinking about you all weekend with the cow sorting event. I knew you'd be just fine once you were back in the saddle (so to speak)! Good work!!!

Kate (which, you can refer to me as Kate, btw. I'll explain the DK thing one of these days)

Paige said...

Thos are sure some fancy socks!

I am so proud of you for getting back in the herd---it had to happen sometime, and the more good ones you get under your belt, the better you will feel about it. I am thrilled you have not lost the love for it over this mess.

Good job!

Sarah said...

Yay! Lorna's got socks!

mike said...

Pretty socks!!

I saw the yarn swift on Sarah's site. Are they available for purchase?


yvonne said...

Bluetiful socks!